Have you been watching Marie Kondo's Tidying Up on Netflix? I binge watched the entire series! It's inspiring stuff so I thought I'd share some of her ideas, plus others I've discovered to help you get your wardrobe in good shape, and what better month to start than January?
Want to look better this Autumn Winter? Here are my 7 tips on how:
Get your clothes tailored - I know I'm always banging on about this but it really does make a difference. The picture above is of a client who got an updated look when we went shopping - see how much better he looks with the more fitted jacket. Another client recently told me he bought a suit online and then had it altered at Savva tailors who ensured the fit was perfect. I know it takes a little time but it really is worth doing and makes a huge difference to how polished and put together you look....no one can look sharp if their cuffs on their jacket are hanging down to their knuckles.
Last week I was on a personal shopping trip with a client. He really liked these grey flannel trousers from Jacob Cohen, but was unsure whether or not he'd wear them, as he'd had something similar before that didn't get worn. He asked me what he could wear them with and as I went through the selection of things we'd already decided to get, it appeared they went with nearly everything! He was sold!
Most of the outfits he needed were very casual, occasionally moving up a notch to smart casual, so here's how I styled them for him with the other pieces he bought, in an effort to show you just how versatile they can be.
The majority of clients that come to me, don't dress badly, but would just like some fresh ideas as to how they could expand their wardrobes. It's not so much of a transformation they're after but some tweaks here and there, and a few side steps from their normal default style. I've deliberately kept the advice as simple and easy steps that you could incorporate into your wardrobe, rather than super bright colours or extreme styles. The things I'm recommending are the sort of things I frequently shop for with clients when I take them on a personal shopping trip.
So, let's have a trawl through your wardrobe shall we?
I recently received an email from a friend who was delighted that she'd finally modernised her husband and got him into some slim fitting trousers.
Ironically, the very day that she sent me that message, I'd been at a menswear event (Permanent Style pop up at Fortnum & Mason) where a large majority of the men, admittedly mostly worked in the fashion industry, were wearing pleat front, wider legged ones.
Also, my friend the blogger Grey Fox has been looking for some slightly wider, higher waist ones with turn ups which he eventually had made by Susannah Hall as he couldn't find any he liked.
So what on earth should you be wearing? Wide? Skinny? In between? Which will look modern and which is dated or too fashion led?
If you haven't already bought yourself a new pair of shorts this summer, then now's the time to do so - it looks like this unseasonally warm weather might be here to stay - hooray!
But don't just get the first pair you see on the rack, give it a little bit of thought. Or if you can't be bothered, then no problem - I've done it for you. Here's a guide to choosing your summer shorts - what to look for and where to get it according to your body shape.
It's tricky to stay looking smart in the heat & I must say I feel sorry for guys having to wear trousers & jackets when us ladies can swan around in cool dresses. Linen is okay for some but can look a little crumpled, so not ideal for all situations. Here I've chosen 5 items that will be ideal for keeping you cool in the heat but still look smart enough for business casual.
Layering seems to baffle many people (men and women alike!) and a client asked about this again recently. Having written a post on layering in winter I thought it would be useful to do a summer one too. Although it might seem contradictory to talk about layering in summer - if you live in the UK, then you know how erratic the weather can be so you might be glad to have a few layers to hand!
Last week my client challenged me to find him some smart casual work wear which was crease resistant, as he travels a lot for work and often goes directly to meetings. I researched thoroughly before our personal shopping trip and here are some of the things I saw that were non iron, crease resistant or part of a travel range.
Some men like to have the uniformity of wearing a suit to work every day as it simplifies everything but it can get boring wearing the same thing day in and day out. If you work in a conservative environment and have to keep your look formal there will be limits to the changes you can make but here are some styling suggestions on tweaks that you can easily incorporate.
Whilst doing a personal styling session with a client last week, he asked me "What are the correct strategies for shopping?" A great question and one which I thought would make a good blog post that others would be interested in too.
I thought about what I do when I take a client on a personal shopping trip and how you can do this for yourself.